Local Suppliers Help
We are very fortunate to have so many local suppliers who will help with the delivery of a wide range of essential goods, to make sure that people are not worried about going without.
Our special thanks to Glenys Tucker who has collated a list of suppliers with their telephone numbers. This can be found here List of local Suppliers who deliver
The Neighbourhood Watch Team
The team are putting together a scheme where any Wenvoe resident can call for help with things like picking up shopping, collecting medicines, posting letters, or just a friendly phone chat. They will try to make a volunteer available anywhere in the village, who can be contacted easily. You should see a small form come through the door in the coming days with the name of a contact. Note that volunteers will not have medical skills, so in the event of sickness, please follow Government and NHS advice from the news.
The integrity of the Neighbourhood Watch cannot be underestimated and you are directed also to the message from Alan French on page 5.
If anyone is able to volunteer their services, please contact Jackie Gauci (07876 207843) or Alan French (02920 59 8092).
Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators met on February 19 2020 and items from the discussions included:
Poor health had forced Trevor Case to resign from the Watch after many years as a Co-ordinator and Vice Chairman.
Building in the St Lythams Park estate is now almost complete but there are only 2 Co-ordinators. More are needed.
If you live in St Lytham’s Park and are interested in helping to deter crime in your locality and establish a community spirit, would you consider becoming a Co-ordinator?
If so, please contact our Secretary/Treasurer Jackie Gauci on 07876 207843 or jackie.gauci47 @gmail.com
A reply from the Clerk to the Community Council about the nuisance of dogs fouling Wenvoe Playing Field confirmed that the field was a “dogs on lead” area. It was noted that some dogs are brought as a group, probably by people conducting dog walking businesses and it was agreed to explore the legal position about this practice.
One Co-ordinator had introduced a register of contact numbers for residents which was shared among the residents themselves. It could be used at times such as accidents at home when local help was needed.
Co-ordinators were invited to take part in the village activities over the weekend of May 8-10 when the 75th anniversary of the ending of World War II in Europe was to be marked.
Parking on the pavement near Old Market had caused obstruction and the PCSO had been informed.
Officers elected for 2020/21 were:
Chairman Alan French
Vice Chairman Colin Thomas
Secretary/Treasurer Jackie Gauci
Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators met on October 23rd and items from the discussions include:
New Co-ordinators are in place in Is-y-Coed and Grange Close.
Establishing the Watch in new housing areas: The Grange now has an adequate number of Co-ordinators to cover the whole of the estate.
St Lytham’s Park has 2 Co-ordinators. This is not enough for the whole area. The role of a Co-ordinator is to keep eyes and ears open to be aware of unusual activity or anti-social behaviour in their locality. If such problems are noticed the Co-ordinator can report to the police or our Wenvoe Watch Secretary/Treasurer (contact details below).
If you live in St Lytham’s Park and are interested in helping to deter crime in your locality, would you consider becoming a Co-ordinator?
If so, please contact our Secretary/Treasurer Jackie Gauci on 07876 207843 or email@example.com
Twyn yr Odyn: The row of houses adjacent to the former quarry, Greenwood Close, are now being occupied and it is hoped a resident will offer to become Co-ordinator for the road.
‘Nextdoor’ website: The establishment of this website was noted. It was felt the website is a useful venue for the exchange of information and the promotion of local businesses and does not affect the activity of the Watch.
Reports from Co-ordinators
- South Wales Police give local information about reported crime in Wenvoe on their website. Details are at: www.police.uk/south-wales/ W5000654/crime/
- Burglaries or attempted burglaries were reported for Wenvoe Garden Centre (twice), Greave Close and Wenvoe Cattery.
- Fly tipping had occurred at Burdon’s Hill.
- The nuisance of dogs fouling the Wenvoe Playing Fields was noted and brought to the attention of the Clerk to the Community Council.
Please be aware of a current doorstep scam working the area. These are calling themselves ‘Keep Britain Working’ or ‘Nottingham Knocker’s’ which are a very similar outfit (if not the same).
They are doorstep callers who target areas offering small household products for sale. These callers may claim to be ex-convicts attempting to mend their ways or ex-servicemen. However, they are not part of any recognised rehabilitation scheme.
Please warn your communities, particularly elderly or vulnerable neighbours, not to open the door to strangers or to buy or sell on the doorstep. Some doorstep callers may offer poor quality goods at inflated prices and if a caller is not genuine, they may be gathering information for future crime.
How do they work?
The sellers may say that they are on a ‘rehabilitation course’ arranged by Probation Services or other organisations trying to find people work. This is not the case, and often they are known criminals. Probation Services do not run such schemes.
They may show a card which claims to be a ‘Pedlars Licence’ or work permit. This is not valid and they are breaking the law if they are using anything like this. They may also hand over a card saying they are deaf or dumb.
According to the Police, the bag of household products is supplied by someone who employs them. The male/female is supplied with a full bag of household products (including the typical tea-towels!) and charged a minimal sum for the contents. It used to be £35. They can keep whatever they make, above this amount.
Usually they are deposited in an area from a transit
van and given a list of streets to work. An hour or so later they are picked up and dropped off in another location. They often work from 9am to 9pm.
They will knock on a door, offering cleaning items which they know are cheap and of very poor quality; the householder also knows they are rubbish but that is part of the scam. Many people will purchase items and pay them out of their good nature as they have fallen for their story or, just to get rid of them. There have been cases of elderly residents handing over large sums as these people can be very persistent and confrontational.
The price for whatever has been purchased usually comes to a note – usually £10. The householder disappears to get this and according to the police, this is when the scam begins. When the note is handed over, the person examines the condition and how long it took the person to get it. If it is crumpled, they accept it and move on. If it is crisp flat and new, they are much more interested and may engage the person in more conversation, to obtain details about them. As they leave they will smell the note. If it is slightly musty, it is an indication that there is more in the property.
These addresses and the addresses of elderly and vulnerable people are noted. They are then handed to the employer and there is a small amount of cash handed over for each one. These addresses are then sold in prisons and pubs. If there is a later break-in, the employer expects a further cut of the proceeds.
Police advise that in almost every case of a stop check – the people have long strings of convictions for burglary and violence. They use the skills learnt during their criminal activity to identify possible targets.
Please do not open your doors to strangers. Do not buy goods these people offer you on your doorstep
Action Fraud has received 63 reports about a scam in which fraudsters target people with offers of “low cost” loans or “free” government grants. What the victims aren’t told is that the money they’ll receive is actually an advance payment for Universal Credit. The criminals use the personal information they’ve obtain under false pretences to make an application in the victim’s name. After the fraudsters have taken their “fee” from the advance payment, the victim is then left to pay back the total amount once their repayments begin.
How you can protect yourself:
- Never share your personal or financial information with someone you don’t know and trust, especially if it’s in response to an offer of “free money” or a “free grant”.
- Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) staff will never approach you in the street or ask for your personal/financial details over social media.
- If you have concerns about your benefits, you should visit www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus.
- If you suspect your identity may have been stolen, you can check your credit rating quickly and easily online. You should do this every few months anyway, using a reputable service provider and following up on any unexpected or suspicious results.
Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators met on July 10th. Items from the discussions included:
Establishing the Watch in new housing areas.
Further progress has been made in this area with new Co-ordinators coming forward.
- An additional 2 Co-ordinators have come forward in The Grange. It is felt that there are now sufficient in that area.
- St Lytham’s Park has 1 additional Co-ordinator making 2 in all. This area would benefit from more Co-ordinators.
If you live in St Lytham’s Park and are interested in helping to deter crime in your locality, would you consider becoming a Co-ordinator? If so, please contact our Secretary/Treasurer Jackie Gauci on 07876 207843 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Reports from Co-ordinators
- There are many other Watch groups in the Vale, brought together by the Vale of Glamorgan Neighbourhood Watch Committee. It was noted that the Wenvoe Watch is the most active with cover over the whole village.
- Lead has been stolen from part of the church roof. You may have noticed scaffolding around some of the church; this is a replacement non-lead roofing.
- There have been two unsuccessful attempts to break in to a property in The Grange. Police attended and local Co-ordinators are aware of the incident.
- There have been reports of dog attacks in the village. Residents are asked to keep their dogs under control or safely enclosed.
- To mark their 50th year South Wales Police arranged visits to the Public Service Centre at their headquarters in Bridgend. This is where 999 and 101 calls to the police come in and are acted upon. Three Wenvoe Co-ordinators went and were impressed by the commitment of the staff and the liaison with Fire and Ambulance services, both of whom have staff at the Call Centre.